The training aims to give children confidence, agility, coordination, balance, discipline, respect, self defence, courage and anti bullying skills.
My teaching methodology is to teach something of value and useful to your child should they at anytime get caught in an awkward situation. This, due to the precision required in learning the basic principles means that in the class for 4 to 6 year olds, at times I have to work one on one with each child so I can check they are doing each move technically correctly.This of course means there are moments in the class when the children are learning a new technique, when the children are encouraged to sit and observe what I am teaching each child in rotation. When this is happening, I am also looking to encourage learning through observation. So if a child watches his friends being corrected, they are in turn able to step up and not make the same mistakes. I believe this is a vital part of a child’s development for school and for learning other sports. I believe this is the only way to pass on anything of value and avoid them playing a class full of pointless games, that leaves them with no real skills.I also want the children to be good at what they do, before moving onto too many additional techniques. My ethic is very much to build a solid foundation in the basics and this comes through repetition. There is no point teaching them a multitude of techniques that they can only perform in a less than average fashion. I like to build on strong foundations that the children will always find reliable.
The rest of the class is conducted in a light fashion without the use of a lot of discipline on my part, as the children should learn in a fun, environment, through play and games, particularly in the younger class.